I’m looking at a person who seems interested in everything and passionate to tell others
At one point in the interview, Rose asked Khan what “it” was that made the videos so successful and appealing to a wide range of learners. His answer: “the human element.” This is a bit surprising considering most of his videos are simple screencasts of him writing on a tablet, but watch them for any amount of time and you get the distinct sense that the “man behind the curtain” really loves doing what he’s doing. Sure, it helps that Khan is very knowledgeable and, as Dewey would put it, quite adept at psychologizing the subject matter, but I think he touches on another thread.
The messenger, ironically enough, is more important than the message…if the messenger is excited and passionate about what they have to say…it stimulates students to see what all this excitement is about
I’m not sure I fully agree with the above quote, but being seen as a “human messenger” matters — perhaps even more in our increasingly artificial world. Students can sniff out inauthentic teachers from a mile away and that matters. This “it” was debated in a recent Chronicle article, which looked for a common denominator between two very different teacher-of-the-year awardees — one who majors on technology and active learning and another who majors on stand-and-deliver lecturing. Passion isn’t everything, but it is something. Passion isn’t a personality trait, it’s a human trait, a trait that surfaces in those who have been released to explore and play and discover without having to worry about their safety or their next meal or getting the “wrong” answer. At the end of the day, authentic teachers incessantly improve their craft not because they’re getting paid, but because they love learning and love helping others to learn. And this shows, it always shows. I think that matters a lot.
You seem like a good guy—you’ll make a great teacher…be a good guy with your students, and you’ll be a great professor